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2014

Students/Parents Get Tips on Selecting Off-Campus Student Housing, The Preiss Company to Be Featured on Designing Spaces™

RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The more than 17.7 million students who will attend college this fall will want to tune in to Designing Spaces, the signature home improvement television series on Lifetime® Television, Thursday, June 19, at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT), to learn the latest insights and tips on what to expect in off-campus student housing.

“Today’s students will have an entirely different housing experience than their parents”

The popular series will feature executives from The Preiss Company, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing student housing owners, developers and managers. The program segment was shot at the 288-bed University Village at 2505 in Raleigh, N.C., which serves North Carolina State University.

“Today’s students will have an entirely different housing experience than their parents,” said Donna Preiss, company founder and CEO. “Student housing offers much better and more affordable accommodations with better amenities than most current on-campus housing.”

Students can expect typical one-year leases for U.S. off-campus housing to run from $300 to $1,200 a month, depending on location/city and amenities. Each student has his/her own bedroom and bathroom and shares a common living room area with one to three other students. The rent includes furniture, all utilities, including high speed Internet, and an in-suite washer and dryer. This compares to dorm rooms which typically have two to four students per room and as many as 12 students sharing the same bathroom.

Show host Erin Dangler opens the program with a discussion on student housing trends and how to select the perfect place with Preiss; Adam Byrley, vice president; and Lauren Dalia, property manager of the Dail College Inn. “Off-campus student housing is more closely aligned to hospitality than traditional apartment leasing. This usually is the student’s first home away from home and we work hard to make them feel like they are comfortable in their new home. Student housing providers offer a large number of social events from cook-outs to volleyball contests throughout the year.”

“Students are looking for housing that fits their lifestyle, a home that fits their needs financially, technologically, physically and proximity to campus,” said Dalia. “Amenities play a big role, too, including resort-style swimming pools, Internet cafes, golf simulators, media rooms where you can streamline your projects onto an 80-inch TV, as well as a lot resident events.”

“We’re creating the special student experience,” Preiss noted. “When you walk in our door you should feel the energy of a clubhouse, know that this is a place where you could meet your best friend. This is going to be a good foundation for the rest of your life.”

About Designing Spaces on Lifetime Television

Entering its 10th year Designing Spaces™ continues to be one of America’s favorite home improvement shows. The show inspires viewers on decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects and step by step home improvements to help make every space count and provide solutions to help you enjoy the space you live, work and play in. Designing Spaces™ Family of Spaces includes Think Green Spaces, Kids Spaces and its widely popular Spaces of Hope which prides itself on assisting people and places in dire need of a makeover including children’s shelters, animal shelters, military families and more. Designing Spaces™ airs at 7:30am (ET/PT) on Lifetime.

For more information or to view special segments visit: www.designingspaces.tv

About The Preiss Company

Celebrating its 27th year, Raleigh-based, The Preiss Company specializes in the development, acquisition and management of off-campus student housing. The company currently is the nation’s fifth largest privately held operator of private student housing. The company’s portfolio currently comprises approximately 16,000 beds located in eleven states and fifteen markets. For more information, visit www.tpco.com.